LIVE: Towards inclusive journalism training

The MEDIANE London Encounter is now in its final day, and the last session will focus on bringing together ideas from show & tells and group work to build common guidelines on inclusive journalism training. Reynald Blion and Diane Kemp will facilitate this talk, which will be followed by conclusions and next steps for MEDIANE with:

  • Reynald Blion, Media & Diversity and MEDIANE Programme Manager, CoE
  • Paul De Theux, Director, Media Animation
  • Anna McKane, Consultant, EJTA – European Journalism Training Association
  • Prof. George Brock, Head of Journalism, City University London

12:58: Paul de Theux thanks everyone for their excellent work in the past three days, and Anna McKane asks participants to send over any written material they want to circulate as soon as possible. The session and the MEDIANE London Encounter draws to a close.

12:54: George Brock says that despite the fact that City does research on diversity, he cannot compete with the knowledge of the participants and that they wouldn’t want to hear from another middle aged white man.

12:48: Diversity inclusiveness is about “building a common us”, says Blion.

12:41: It’s up to participants now to share the ideas in their own networks. It’s their responsibility to push people in their countries to think about it and then act.

12:37: We are now moving on to the closing session with conclusions and next steps.


12:30: Reynald Blion says he doesn’t think the way diversity is presented is a left or right wing issue. He gives local election coverage as an example, and says some have suggested that extreme right people should be invited to encounters. Blion says it’s best to keep people who are already quite convinced and to not change their mind. Avoiding this kind of situation is hugely important.

12:23: Comment from the audience: participants should talk to their managers and executives about getting out of their comfort zone as well.

12:22: Journalism trainers should focus on mentoring, and promote courses in newsroom settings while setting measurable assessment criteria.

12:20: Promoting exchanges for students, and promoting peer-reviewed methodology would help them in the newsroom later. Open journalism school doors and invite people to participate in debates and give feedback.

12:19: Active strategy to have concrete action to get right wing media to include more diversity is needed.

12:16: Some of the guidelines written on the white board: a trainer should have ethical values and to include them in the practical and technical courses not just specific ethics classes; trainers have a social responsibility; and to avoid to go from one stereotype to the counter-stereotype, they should find balance.

12:14: Journalists should find people they wouldn’t normally be told to find, and they need to challenge themselves and the stereotypes.


12:11: Project ideas: selfie photo diaries by migrants part of a major photographic exhibition across Europe; going to jail and helping prisoners make mockumentaries; and involving children and teenagers in journalism.

12:07: Anna McKane’s group looked at the question of unacceptable language which is still an issues in some countries like Italy, Romania and Portugal. The experience of journalists in countries like Germany who are further ahead could help address issues in the counties falling behind. In Portugal for example, there is no word other than “gypsy” – the word “roma” is the capital of Italy.

12:05 How do you empower the disempowered who don’t want to come forward? Do seminars where you teach journalists but also invite NGOs and people they should report on. Structures of the training staff also need to be changed, and more diverse people should be integrated by using both quotas and empowerment.

12:03 If somebody at the top is not convinced, then you won’t get far. Journalists also need to work with disempowered groups, usually represented by NGOs that need to learn how to talk to the media.

12:00: Group leaders are invited at the front of the room to share their findings and ideas with the rest of the participants. Barbara Schofield’s group starts off the session with four key points: content, target groups, methods, and structure. It’s important that journalists leave their comfort zone, and always ask themselves what is missing. Language is also important, particularly the use of names; everyone has the right to a full name.


About Catalina Albeanu

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